The 2017 French Presidential Elections: What are the National and International Stakes?

Présidentielles Françaises 2017

The importance of the French presidential election has rarely been this high. Since the loss of one of Europe’s main pillars – the UK, coupled with the shift in US politics under President Trump, the goals and concerns of the West are being reshaped. Nourishing itself on people’s fear, the far-right party Front National, led by the very controversial figure Marine Le Pen, has never been this close to winning an election.

Join Prof. Paul Darel, Melissa Gustave, and Katarina Vujic, after the first round of France’s presidential election, for a discussion and debate on the main stakes at play for the two final candidates and the larger concerns about the future of France.

In English / everybody’s welcome

April 27th, 7pm | Schapiro 129

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Raising Multilingual Children: Nature AND Nurture

Barbara Pearson

Barbara Zurer Pearson has been doing research on bilingual child language for 30 years, first at the University of Miami and more recently at UMass Amherst. She also collects stories and advice from parents all over the world who are raising multilingual children. In this interactive talk, she will share research findings and use a case-study approach to explore alternative strategies and solutions for real-life situations.

Thursday, April 6 at 4:00pm | Griffin 3

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Mapping the Realm of Islam / تصوير مملكة الاسلام

Map of Mekka

Professor Zayde Antrim (Trinity College) will introduce in this lecture the earliest and most enduring mapping tradition devoted to representing a superregion shaped by Islamic civilization. Emerging from the context of early Arabic geographical writing, the maps that make up this tradition were simultaneously a product of and argument for the diversity of the “realm of Islam” as consolidated by Muslim rulers between the eighth and tenth centuries, as well as its internal and external connectivity.

Griffin Hall, 7 | Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Sponsored by Arabic Studies, History, Global Studies, Religion, Spanish, and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Vladimir Putin: Personage, President, Potentate

Nina Tumarkin, 2012

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, is by many accounts the world’s most powerful political leader. What have been his chief goals, values and operating principles? What accounts for his vast popularity in Russia, even at a time of continued military engagement, low oil prices and economic recession?

Nina Tumarkin is Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies, Professor of History, and director of the Russian Area Studies Program at Wellesley College.

March 13, 7PM Postponed – New date TBA | Schapiro 129

Sponsored by the Department of Russian and German with support from the Department of History, Programs in Comparative Literature and Global Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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The Map as Narrative: Cartographic Evolution of Parisian Space, 1836–2015

The Map as Narrative

In this display, based on the honors thesis of Hannah Benson, Class of 2017, the map is seen as a text or narrative which tells the story of a space and the people who live and work in it. “The narrative qualities of the map,” Ms. Benson says, “document physical and mental motion, reflect temporality and memory, and allow the map to recount how space is lived rather than how it is conceived.” On a visit to Paris, she asked Parisians to complete a blank map of the city in whatever way reflected their conception of Paris. The exhibition combines a selection of these personal maps with guidebooks and maps of Paris from the Chapin Library’s collections.

Feb 27 through March 31, 2017 | Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408)

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Monumental Politics: The Power of Public Memory in Putin’s Russia

Juliet Johnson

Juliet Johnson, professor of political science at McGill University, will explore in her talk Russia’s quest for national identity through the political struggles over Soviet and post-Soviet-era monuments.
Johnson’s research focuses on the politics of money and identity, particularly in post-communist Europe. She is the author of Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World (Cornell 2016), A Fistful of Rubles: The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System (Cornell 2000), lead editor of Religion and Identity in Modern Russia: The Revival of Orthodoxy and Islam (Ashgate 2005) and author of numerous scholarly and policy-oriented articles.

Thursday, March 9 at 7:00pm | Schapiro Hall, 129

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Theatre Nohgaku’s “Blue Moon Over Memphis” – A Noh about Elvis Presley

Blue Moon Over Memphis

In an age where fame itself has become the ultimate goal, Blue Moon over Memphis examines how popular culture crafts its idols and then swiftly discards them. One of America’s first celebrity casualties; Elvis’s enduring legacy now lies somewhere between tragic hero and eternal punchline. As critically acclaimed writer Deborah Brevoort’s words return human dignity to his spirit, Richard Emmert’s composition evokes a mournful reminiscence that will let you hear old music with new ears.

American playwright Deborah Brevoort wrote the original play in 1993 following a traditional noh structure though meant to be performed by Western actors largely in a naturalistic style. Richard Emmert began working with Brevoort to adapt the play for a full noh presentational style by Theatre Nohgaku. The adapted text was completed in 2010 and Emmert has since completed much of the composition.

Saturday, March 11 at 2:00pm | CenterStage, ’62 Center

Lecture-Demo, Be Here Now: A primer on watching and enjoying noh
Thursday, March 9, 4PM | CenterStage, ’62 Center

With the generous support from the Japanese Program Tompkins Fund, Asian Studies, the Lecture Committee, the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the departments of Theatre and Dance, the programs in Comparative Literature, American Studies and Global Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. This project has received support from the Japan Foundation New York.

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The Origin of Japanese Cuisine in World War II

"Eat everything!" Poster

One of the leading scholars on Japanese food culture/history, Eric Rath, will make a class visit to JAPN223 Japanese Food Culture in a Global Context. In addition, he will give a public talk on Japan’s cuisines.

Schapiro 129 | April 13 , 4:15 pm

Sponsored by Japanese Program Tompkins Fund, Asian Studies Department, the Lecture Committee, and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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Who owns Russia’s past?

Russian Girls

Russians like to joke that theirs is “a country with an unpredictable past.” This lecture explores the Kremlin’s efforts to deploy official narratives about historical events—World War II above all—to legitimize current policies and shape national identity. In addition, Prof. Tumarkin will highlight grassroots efforts to claim ownership of Russia’s dramatic and contested past.

April 17, 4:15PM | Schapiro 129

Sponsored by the Department of Russian and German with support from the Department of History, Programs in Comparative Literature and Global Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Afro Cuban Ritual Practices: Ifa and Santeria


Serafín “Tato” Quiñones and Yesenia Fernández Selier will introduce the general public to the Afro-Cuban Yoruba Culture, the Afro-Caribbean religions and their significance as “time capsules” of identity. Afro Cuban ritual practices were for centuries considered atavist and barbaric, transmitted through oral tradition and hidden from mainstream culture. However, lately there has been a renascence of interest by scholars and the general public with an outstanding transitional network of practitioners and religious families. Tato will discuss the main transformations of the Ifa and Santeria transnational practices.

Journalist, writer, a self-taught documentary filmmaker and a scholar on Afro-Cuban religion and culture, Tato is a Priest of the Ifá Iranlowo Temple in Havana, Cuba.

Yesenia Fernández Selier is a Cuban-born performer, Afro-Cuban dance teacher and researcher, currently a Media, Culture and Communication Ph.D. student at New York University. She will give a dance workshop on April 20 with the Modern Folklore class from 1:10 – 3:50PM in the dance studio. She will demonstrate how these identity practices have been incorporated (embodiment) through the representation of the orishas, and ritual music and dances.

Wednesday, April 19 at 4:15pm to 5:45pm | Hollander Hall, 241
Thursday, April 20 at 1:10PM to 3:50PM | Dance workshop with the Modern Folklore class in the dance studio

Sponsored by Dance, Africana Studies, Anthropology & Sociology, Global Studies, Religion, Davis Center, Spanish, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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